Space Station's view of Hurricane Florence looks eerily apocalyptic

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a NASA view of the eye of Hurricane Florence

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a NASA view of the eye of Hurricane Florence

The National Weather Service has issued strong warnings to residents of the Carolinas and other mid-Atlantic states, saying the hurricane would be the "storm of a lifetime", bringing damaging winds, life-threatening storm surges, and "catastrophic flooding".

Hurricane Florence, on its way across the Atlantic Ocean toward North Carolina, dominates photos and video from the International Space Station, where astronauts are using wide-angle lenses because of how far the storm extends.

This incredible loop from #GOESEast shows Hurricane #Florence churning in the Atlantic.

Satellites orbiting Earth have also been keeping tabs on Florence from above.

"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?"

The hurricane is expected to reach the coastlines of North Carolina and SC on Friday morning, with experts estimating that it will continue to grow in strength.

On Wednesday, forecasters projected Florence - now a category 4 hurricane - will likely slow down and turn south after slamming the East Coast.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", NHC officials warned in another advisory.

Florence is predicted to make an overnight landfall Friday west of Wilmington, NC.

Hurricane Florence had already reached the fourth category out of five possible, the state of emergency was introduced in the States of Maryland and Virginia.

Storm "Florence" promises to be the most powerful in 30 years.

The 500-mile-wide hurricane, which is barreling toward the U.S. east coast, is expected to make landfall on Thursday night, but then the storm's movement will slow to a crawl, meaning that some coastal areas will get as much as 24 hours of battering winds and rain.

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